My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.33:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Why those dimensions? I have no idea, but antiquated aspect ratio aside, the image looked pretty good.
Sharpness felt appealing. A smidgen of softness hit some wider shots, but those instances remained quite insubstantial, so the majority of the flick showed fine clarity and accuracy.
Jaggies and shimmering failed to distract, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also lacked any source flaws and was consistently clean.
In terms of colors, Beat went with a lot of amber/orange along with some teal. The hues never stood out as memorable, but they were fine for this story’s choices.
Blacks were pretty deep, and shadows were well-depicted – an important factor given the potentially murky interior settings. The image offered a “B+” presentation.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it lacked a ton of ambition, though I didn’t view that as a flaw. A story like this came heavy on ambience and light on opportunities for fireworks, so the absence of showy sequences failed to become a problem.
Music filled the various channels in a satisfying manner, and effects fleshed out the spectrum in a logical way. Nothing dazzled but the mix seemed suitable for the material.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, while effects remained accurate and full-bodied.
Music was vibrant and dynamic. While this was never a memorable track, it worked for the story.
The disc opens with ads for The Carnivores, Scenes From An Empty Church, Night Drive and Blood Conscious. We also get the trailer for Beat but the disc lacks any other extras.
With an emphasis on characters, My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To potentially offers an unusual take on the horror genre. Unfortunately, it comes with such a slow pace and so little actual drama that it fails to make much impact. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and adequate audio but it lacks bonus materials. This turns into a sluggish flick.